Nature Study: Personal Acquisition of knowledge and experience

nature study quote Eton bookDidactic Method: Lecture approach, teacher imparts information

“…the teacher need be no specialist nor qualified expert ; all that is required of him is that he shall have broken away from the old didactic methods of imparting information, and have the enthusiasm which arises from a love of nature. On the other hand it is only fair to admit that in the hands of a trained biologist, the work must greatly gain, provided that his methods of teaching are such as will attain the ends in view.

Nature-study rightly interpreted should provide for the personal acquisition of knowledge and experience, during the early years of life, in a way that is interesting and above all natural. It should differ from the ordinary school task and savour in no way of the ” information lesson.”

The results of such teaching should be the capacity in after life of adding to the mental equipment already obtained, and of judging how to act under various conditions which must from time to time arise.”

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